Biden announces $20 Million in additional assistance to Sri Lanka

At the G7 Summit today, President of the United States Joe Biden announced $20 million in additional assistance to strengthen food security in Sri Lanka. 

Building on other recent funding announcements from the United States, this newly posted assistance will target Sri Lankans most in need during the current economic crisis.

The funding aims to support a school nutrition program that will feed over 800,000 Sri Lankan children and provide food vouchers for over 27,000 pregnant and lactating women over the next 15 months.

The effort also plans to support approximately 30,000 farmers through the contribution of agricultural assistance and cash in order to increase food production in vulnerable Sri Lankan communities.

“President Biden’s announcement of $20 million in additional assistance to Sri Lanka demonstrates the United States’ ongoing commitment to food security, public health, and the economic well-being of all Sri Lankan people,” said U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Julie Chung.

“The United States will continue to support Sri Lankan efforts to promote economic stability and will ensure this assistance reaches the communities – and children – who need it most.”

The $20 million of humanitarian assistance announced today builds on nearly $12 million in recent U.S. commitments in economic and humanitarian assistance, totaling $32 million in U.S. support for the Sri Lankan people since June 16, 2022.

Funding is provided through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and will be awarded to partners that adhere to globally recognized monitoring and evaluation standards.

This ensures that funding is accounted for and assistance reaches those identified as most vulnerable to food insecurity. (Colombo Gazette) 

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  1. We the people are grateful for all donations. Big or Small ! However, there is no point providing aid that will be siphoned into ministers pockets.

    Western nations must provide their aid with an unprecedented level of scrutiny and supervision. Currently, none of the aid is getting through to the people. What is claimed to be done by the ministers and, what is happening, are two different things.

    Amazing, how many bags of rice arrive at the warehouses and outlets with little rice in them. Due primarily to holes ripped into the bags in the unloading process. The spilled rice is then collected for private sale.

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